An Act of Dog - Museum of Compassion

An Act of Dog - Museum of Compassion One Man Paints 5500 Shelter Dogs, using art for social change.

"Artists have a powerful medium for reporting on the consciousness of our current civilization and can paint visual records of the unpalatable realities of our time. The aim is to move the viewer to feel those realities and engage them in a dialogue for change." ~ AAOD Mission We are paving two parallel pathways: cultivating compassion for animals and raising funds through the sale of our fine art products to give back to rescue groups across the nation, and working with schools to show kids how to use their art for social change. Creativity is as important as literacy, yet we are educating our youth out of their creative capacities. Picasso said- "All children are born artists." He understood that creativity cultivates original ideas that have value. The creative process connects us to what matters and what lights us up, and it helps us enjoy our lives, instead of enduring our lives. We envision the 5500 portraits of shelter dogs in a working/interactive museum, where kids will come to create for an animal cause or other social injustices they are passionate about, turn their art into a product and build social campaigns to raise money and awareness for change. Kids are the unwrapped gifts of our future, and we believe that it is critically important to put meaningful art back into schools to allow them the process of self-discovery and to ignite a desire to become informed about the atrocities in society and to use their creativity to bring them into the light.

Mission: Fronting the revolution for compassionate solutions.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Maristela Z.:"Excellent - I like all the works your produced. And I specially like the cause yo...
01/21/2020
Morning Meditation-Giclée Dog Print

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Maristela Z.:

"Excellent - I like all the works your produced. And I specially like the cause your art is committed to doing!"

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This painting is about finding your spiritual anchor and allowing faith to guide your actions. The dogs in my paintings represent loyalty and compassion, and stir the seeker to intensify the search for that in their everyday lives. Every print saves a shelter animal's life. 100% of proceeds are used...

An Act of Dog Documentary: 5,500 - that's the average number of "shelter" dogs killed every day in the United States; ab...
01/20/2020
An Act of Dog | KET Presents

An Act of Dog Documentary: 5,500 - that's the average number of "shelter" dogs killed every day in the United States; about one every 15-16 seconds. Mark Barone is changing these statistics by cultivating a new generation built on compassion. Mark Barone and his partner, Marina Dervan, have given up everything else to paint 5,500 portraits of euthanized dogs in order to memorialize their lives, illustrate the enormity of the loss each day, and to bring about a no-kill solution for all shelter animals. FULL DOCUMENTARY: https://www.pbs.org/video/an-act-of-dog-o1fr7v/

Louisville artist Mark Barone sets out to paint 5,500 portraits of euthanized dogs

FOR A LIMITED TIME 50 % OFF Let your memories live on forever with a stunning soulful pet portraits! Have Master Painter...
01/19/2020

FOR A LIMITED TIME 50 % OFF Let your memories live on forever with a stunning soulful pet portraits! Have Master Painter and acclaimed PBS featured artist Mark Barone paint your best friend. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE PORTRAITS GO TO CHARITY! A great one of a kind gift for you or someone special in your life.
https://anactofdog.org/collections/animal-portraits

An Act of Dog Documentary: 5,500 - that's the average number of "shelter" dogs killed every day in the United States; ab...
01/18/2020
An Act of Dog | KET Presents

An Act of Dog Documentary: 5,500 - that's the average number of "shelter" dogs killed every day in the United States; about one every 15-16 seconds. Mark Barone is changing these statistics by cultivating a new generation built on compassion. Mark Barone and his partner, Marina Dervan, have given up everything else to paint 5,500 portraits of euthanized dogs in order to memorialize their lives, illustrate the enormity of the loss each day, and to bring about a no-kill solution for all shelter animals. FULL DOCUMENTARY: https://www.pbs.org/video/an-act-of-dog-o1fr7v/

Louisville artist Mark Barone sets out to paint 5,500 portraits of euthanized dogs

Patron Saint of Dogs (St. Roch) and Patron Saint of Cats (St. Gertrude) were painted to protect your best friends. When ...
01/10/2020

Patron Saint of Dogs (St. Roch) and Patron Saint of Cats (St. Gertrude) were painted to protect your best friends. When you purchase the print we can add the name of your dog or cat that you want protection for you. When you shop at An Act of Dog we can continue our lifesaving work and be a voice for the voiceless! Order Here: https://anactofdog.org/collections/dog-cat-saints-protection-prints

A Great gift for the Holidays and now 50% OFF! Our "Going Home" dog painting is a fine art reproduction (not an inferior...
12/29/2019

A Great gift for the Holidays and now 50% OFF! Our "Going Home" dog painting is a fine art reproduction (not an inferior poster) as a Giclée Print. It symbolizes hope and compassion for all of our companion animals left abandoned in homes or on the streets, dumped at shelters, or taken in by rescue groups. The light represents the heart of all of the life-saving organizations, fosters, volunteers, and transporters, who work hard every day to find them forever homes. It's dog art with heart! https://anactofdog.org/collections/shop-products/products/going-home-print

GIVE THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Pit Bull Dogs make the greatest companions and are a wonderful family do...
12/29/2019

GIVE THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Pit Bull Dogs make the greatest companions and are a wonderful family dog. Sadly, they are being killed by the millions in shelters and discriminated against, around the world, under the heinous, breed-specific legislation (BSL) law that bans or restricts certain types of dogs based on their appearance.
https://anactofdog.org/collections/pit-bull-dog-prints

THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Our Adopt Woodcut's are stunning, fine art Giclée Prints and have been create...
12/29/2019

THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Our Adopt Woodcut's are stunning, fine art Giclée Prints and have been created for our "ADOPT" Campaign. Buy 1, or get a deal with 3 of same or one of each print. Comes personally signed by the artist, Mark Barone. 100% of proceeds used to educate and save lives. Free Shipping anywhere in the USA! When you shop at An Act of Dog we can continue our lifesaving work and be a voice for the voiceless! Order Here: https://anactofdog.org/collections/adopt-a-dog-prints

THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK FR THE HOLIDAYS, NOW 50% OFF! Our "Sacred Souls" is a stunning, fine art reproduction (not an i...
12/29/2019

THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK FR THE HOLIDAYS, NOW 50% OFF! Our "Sacred Souls" is a stunning, fine art reproduction (not an inferior poster) as a Giclée Print, with 83 gorgeous dog portraits that include lots of different breeds from our 5500 wall of compassion project. It's dog art with heart! ORDER HERE: https://anactofdog.org/collections/frontpage/products/sacred-souls

GIVE THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Patron Saint of Dogs (St. Roch) and Patron Saint of Cats (St. Gertrude) ...
12/29/2019

GIVE THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Patron Saint of Dogs (St. Roch) and Patron Saint of Cats (St. Gertrude) were painted to protect your best friends. When you purchase the print we can add the name of your dog or cat that you want protection for you. When you shop at An Act of Dog we can continue our lifesaving work and be a voice for the voiceless! Order Here: https://anactofdog.org/collections/dog-cat-saints-protection-prints

GIVE THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK FOR THE HOLIDAYS! This print is for all of the Saviors who have stepped up and opened thei...
12/29/2019

GIVE THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK FOR THE HOLIDAYS! This print is for all of the Saviors who have stepped up and opened their hearts and homes to a shelter dog. Bless you, for caring! Enjoy these 4- gorgeous dogs and let them be a reminder to live your life in service to those without a voice. When you shop at An Act of Dog we can continue our lifesaving work and be a voice for the voiceless! Order Here: https://anactofdog.org/collections/dog-collage-prints/products/savior-print-adopt-foster-dog-art

Please take a moment to support our work for the animals and our powerful program with school kids. Be kind and donate.T...
12/15/2019

Please take a moment to support our work for the animals and our powerful program with school kids. Be kind and donate.
Thank you! http://anactofdog.org

It's "Giving Tuesday." Please take a moment to support our work for the animals and our powerful program with school kids. Be kind and donate.
Thank you! http://anactofdog.org

It's "Giving Tuesday." Please take a moment to support our work for the animals and our powerful program with school kid...
12/03/2019

It's "Giving Tuesday." Please take a moment to support our work for the animals and our powerful program with school kids. Be kind and donate.
Thank you! http://anactofdog.org

Small hands-big hearts! A great group of art students using their creativity to make a difference with Babes and Bullies...
11/20/2019

Small hands-big hearts! A great group of art students using their creativity to make a difference with Babes and Bullies!

Kids, K-9's, and Kitties is an exciting art project we are doing with an amazing group of students from the Internationa...
11/08/2019

Kids, K-9's, and Kitties is an exciting art project we are doing with an amazing group of students from the International School at Mesa Del Sol in New Mexico. Check out their beginning sketches to see how powerful these young activists are going to be. Thank you for supporting our charity! https://app.omnisend.com/view/5dc4ca8eb0d46716634ecc22/0

10/14/2019
Segment - PBS Documentary, An Act of Dog

Full Documentary Link: https://video.ket.org/video/an-act-of-dog-o1fr7v/

This is my journey, 5 years of my life, to expose the world to what is happening in the U.S. Shelter System. I did it because of the deep relationship I had with my two dogs Rudy and Santina. When my life was falling apart it was their companionship that helped me through it. They aren't around anymore but their spirit fueled me through the mental and financial challenges of painting 5500 shelter dogs who were killed needlessly. I hope I have made a difference to stop this senseless killing and I hope you continue to support our project:

We can't fight this alone so join the mission and help us save the rest. https://anactofdog.org/collections/donate

10/14/2019
Offical PBS Trailer - An Act of Dog

Full Documentary Link: https://video.ket.org/video/an-act-of-dog-o1fr7v/

This is my journey, 5 years of my life, to expose the world to what is happening in the U.S. Shelter System. I did it because of the deep relationship I had with my two dogs Rudy and Santina. When my life was falling apart it was their companionship that helped me through it. They aren't around anymore but their spirit fueled me through the mental and financial challenges of painting 5500 shelter dogs who were killed needlessly. I hope I have made a difference to stop this senseless killing and I hope you continue to support our project:

We can't fight this alone so join the mission and help us save the rest. https://anactofdog.org/collections/donate

10/14/2019
One Man Paints 5500 Shelter Dogs for Social Change

Full Documentary Link: https://video.ket.org/video/an-act-of-dog-o1fr7v/

This is my journey, 5 years of my life, to expose the world to what is happening in the U.S. Shelter System. I did it because of the deep relationship I had with my two dogs Rudy and Santina. When my life was falling apart it was their companionship that helped me through it. They aren't around anymore but their spirit fueled me through the mental and financial challenges of painting 5500 shelter dogs who were killed needlessly. I hope I have made a difference to stop this senseless killing and I hope you continue to support our project:

We can't fight this alone so join the mission and help us save the rest. https://anactofdog.org/collections/donate

OVER 50% OFF....3-GORGEOUS PRINTS!  When you shop at An Act of Dog you allow us to continue our lifesaving work and be a...
10/03/2019

OVER 50% OFF....3-GORGEOUS PRINTS! When you shop at An Act of Dog you allow us to continue our lifesaving work and be a voice for all SHELTER ANIMALS! 100% donated to charity to save lives and educate our children. Free Shipping in the USA! Please Shop at An Act of Dog Store so we can continue our lifesaving work and be a voice for the voiceless! Here: https://mailchi.mp/anactofdog.org/blowout-sale-outrageously-great-prices

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Lee G.:"Shaman Nite Lite - Love it! Continually shines for Shaman !"https://anactofdog.org/prod...
07/15/2019
Dog Art Night-Light ~ Shaman Ship

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Lee G.:

"Shaman Nite Lite - Love it! Continually shines for Shaman !"

https://anactofdog.org/products/night-life-sacred-life

It's time to light up your life and remember the forgotten shelter dogs! Buy them to beautify your home, illuminate your kid's room, kitchen, hallway, pet area, or give as gifts for the holidays, birthdays, anniversary, baby shower, weddings, etc. Our fine art night lights make the perfect gift for....

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from kimberley m.:"Meatball my personal dog portrait  - Meatball’s character and emotion were captur...
07/14/2019
All Animals/Pet Portraits-24" x 24"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from kimberley m.:

"Meatball my personal dog portrait - Meatball’s character and emotion were captured with the all the intensity of who he was. It was/is so beautiful I could not recommend this artist enough.
Thank you"

https://anactofdog.org/products/commissioned-dog-portraits-24x24

Exciting news! Now you can commission Mark to paint your special dog/cat/animal friend and have them with you forever! Mark has been painting for over 35 years and his work hangs in private and corporate collections all over the World. is free 24" x 24" oil on panel Comes ready to hang Signed by Mar...

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Dawn B.:"These dogs are lost souls that we will not forget. - I love the art work that shows wh...
07/13/2019
Collage of Compassion - Giclée Dog Print

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Dawn B.:

"These dogs are lost souls that we will not forget. - I love the art work that shows what wonderful dogs that if given a chance would have given their unconditional love to whom ever saw their potential. I always look at the eyes, whether it be a human or animal---they are the window to our souls. Let us do better in the future, they deserve better than these lost souls received."

https://anactofdog.org/products/collage-of-compassion-1

A stunning, fine art reproduction of 90 portraits of shelter dogs from our 5500 museum of compassion exhibit.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Marie L.:"Excellent quality  - I'm so pleased the money went to a fantastic charity"https://ana...
07/12/2019
T-Shirt-Adopt/Foster

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Marie L.:

"Excellent quality - I'm so pleased the money went to a fantastic charity"

https://anactofdog.org/products/t-shirt-be-a-lifesaver

Hand carved, one-of-a-kind wood-block t-shirts, created for purpose-driven people! So, go ahead and reward yourself with wearable art that will have you looking good, while doing good! (Made to order, so please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery, and allow for color variation as each one is unique). F

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Andrea Y.:"IT FEELS GOOD TO BE USEFUL AND HELPFUL - First of all, the t-shirt is beautiful and ...
07/11/2019
T-Shirt-Adopt/Foster

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Andrea Y.:

"IT FEELS GOOD TO BE USEFUL AND HELPFUL - First of all, the t-shirt is beautiful and this is not the typical tee with a machine-screened image one usually gets: Mark does each tee by hand, the material is soft and visually, the image is very bold and sweet. Mark has done a tremendous job. From the moment I heard about An Act of Dog-Museum of Compassiom and saw Mark’s artwork, I was hooked, taken aback by his ainterly depictions and wanted to do something to help. At this time, donating is my small way of being useful to this extremely worthy organization."

https://anactofdog.org/products/t-shirt-be-a-lifesaver

Hand carved, one-of-a-kind wood-block t-shirts, created for purpose-driven people! So, go ahead and reward yourself with wearable art that will have you looking good, while doing good! (Made to order, so please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery, and allow for color variation as each one is unique). F

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Andrea Y.:"LOVE OUR PUPS - I also donated /purchased this “Dog L❤️V T-Shirt”, too. There was ju...
07/10/2019
DOG LUV T-SHIRT

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Andrea Y.:

"LOVE OUR PUPS - I also donated /purchased this “Dog L❤️V T-Shirt”, too. There was just something in the eyes that tugged at my heart. Looking at images and what touch’s one is very subjective, but if it makes us reach into our pockets and give, monetarily - no matter what - that’s great. And, if it’s not $$ and if it’s volunteering, fostering, adoption, whatever: the animals will benefit."

https://anactofdog.org/products/dog-luv-t-shirt

A pretty t-shirt for all of you passionate dog lovers! Hand carved, one-of-a-kind wood-block t-shirt created for purpose-driven people! So, go ahead and reward yourself with wearable art that will have you looking good, while doing good!100% of proceeds to promote saving shelter animals. (Made to or...

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Susan H.:"Love it. - I love the fact that the dogs you photograph and the money goes to charity...
07/09/2019
Collage of Compassion - Giclée Dog Print

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Susan H.:

"Love it. - I love the fact that the dogs you photograph and the money goes to charity. I purchased this for a silent auction for our event. They say a picture says a thousand words and this truly does so much more. Thank you for what you do.
"

https://anactofdog.org/products/collage-of-compassion-1

A stunning, fine art reproduction of 90 portraits of shelter dogs from our 5500 museum of compassion exhibit.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Mindy D.:"Beautiful and special nightlight. - Namaste Nick the nightlight is beautiful, unique ...
07/08/2019
Dog Art Night-Light ~ Namaste Nick

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star review from Mindy D.:

"Beautiful and special nightlight. - Namaste Nick the nightlight is beautiful, unique and well made. I love what you are doing to help the dogs and your art is stunning. I was happy to purchase the nightlight knowing the proceeds were going to such an important cause.
"

https://anactofdog.org/products/night-light-king-thor

It's time to light up your life and remember the forgotten shelter dogs! Buy them to beautify your home, illuminate your kid's room, kitchen, hallway, pet area, or give as gifts for the holidays, birthdays, anniversary, baby shower, weddings, etc. Our fine art night lights make the perfect gift for....

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"Artists have a powerful medium for reporting on the consciousness of our current civilization and can paint visual records of the unpalatable realities of our time. The aim is to move the viewer to feel those realities and engage them in a dialogue towards recovering our lost humanity." ~ AAOD

Our Movement is...Social Expressionism and we've paved the way by painting 5500 portraits of shelter dogs to show the number killed every day in the USA.

We use our art to educate/work with students, and raise awareness and funds to save companion animals.

We're creating a space that exhibits art that matters! Where all of the world's darkest issues are brought into the light by artists of all disciplines from around the globe.

It's the doorway towards a higher consciousness, where we come together for collective happiness and create a world that works for everyone.


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Mark Barone, A kind family member would like to make a donation by personal check to An Act of Dog. What is the mailing address? Thank you Mark
Art should stir the heart, pinch the conscience and make humanity realize that all life is family...some woof, some speak in different languages, some talk in birdsong, some bleat, some nicker, but all life is important and sacred and must be allowed to live out their natural lives surrounded by respect, kindness, compassion......one earth, one family!
From Costa Rica...Happy Holidays to both of you; thank you for all you do/give on behalf of the animals♥
Hi! What is the timeframe for a custom dog portrait? THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!
❗️ Please sign and share this NEW petition ❗️ ⚠️This is the ONLY official petition that triggers consideration of a government debate on Breed Specific Legislation ⚠️ WE NEED ALL DOGS FREE FROM THE BANNED BREED LIST. Following on from the recent EFRA enquiry into the Dangerous Dogs Act, we must keep pressure on for changes for dogs judged solely by how they look! Please help us get to 100k signatures. UK Citizens or anyone resident in the UK can sign. You MUST click on the confirmation mail for your signature to be valid. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/223784 💛 Thank you 💛 #borninnocent #endBSL
pleas can I gat that job of acting
Yesterday was able catch the story on PBS- of course was crying by the time it ended. I volunteer with a local rescue here in our small town of Pinedale Wy and we try to do as much as we can. Money isnt the answer, its a mindset. Thats where the money or more accurately, the lack of it, comes into play. We have taken in dogs a few years back from out of state, and this year we just rehomed 5. But I know we could do more if we could start out with a better playing field! But will keep doing what we can and just wanted to thank you for everything you are doing. I know its hard and sad.
This just arrived today. I am so happy I absolutely love it. Gracie and I thank you so much Mark Barone for all you do. The world is a much better place for having you and your extraordinary talent, artistry, and compassion in it.
Got back from vacation and Roxy was waiting patiently by the door as hoped she would be. What a great print. I've framed her and am now deciding the best place to put her. Thank-you for all that you do
Mark, I can not tell you how amazing this portrait of Chico is. I want to thank you for such an incredible piece and the studies are amazing as well. I am so happy that I get to see him again every day in this amazing piece you created. You nailed it, as you did with Ian, and I can not thank you enough. Thank you for all you do, for the dogs as well as for people.
Art for a cause . . watching An Act of Dog . . so sad to hear about so many dogs . . thinking about my Gia this would be another cause